Based on a number of different actions and announcements by Microsoft
over the last 2 years, this prediction might not be so far off.
Microsoft obtained full rights to Unix, including the ability to
reenter the market. This means that they can now use BSD Unix and/or
SysVr4 Unix as their baseline for their operating system kernel.
This would also give Microsoft the ability to take advantage of all of
the patches to BSD Unix, as well as it's libraries and any BSD
applications Microsoft chooses to market.
Microsoft has also been studying comparisons between the *nix kernel
and the Windows NT/XP/2003 kernel and has discovered that Linux can do
context switches about 20-50 times faster than the Windows kernel.
This simplfies the applications as well. Microsoft can use the same
model used in other *nix applications.